Interview with Joseph A. Cecconi, April 4, 1986

Project: American Veterans: World War Two Oral History Project

Interview Summary

Joseph A. ("Tony") Cecconi volunteered for the Navy and served at both Normandy and Iwo Jima. He provided anti-aircraft support during the landing at Omaha Beach in Normandy, and he recalls larger ships firing over his craft, soldiers drowning before reaching the shore, and planes swarming overhead. His landing craft flak was washed ashore during a hurricane, and he discusses the experience, as well as his encounters with the walking wounded and with captured Germans and their female collaborators. At Iwo Jima, Cecconi served on a troop carrier with Task Force 58, bringing troops ashore and taking the injured back out to sea. He describes the landing and expresses sympathy for the injured Japanese. Cecconi also discusses shore leave in Scotland and the United States, gambling and beer-making aboard ships, and V-J Day celebrations in the San Francisco area.

Interview Accession

1986oh118_ww044

Interviewee Name

Joseph A. Cecconi

Interviewer Name

Arthur L. Kelly

Interview Date

1986-04-04

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Cecconi, Joseph A. Interview by Arthur L. Kelly. 04 Apr. 1986. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Cecconi, J.A. (1986, April 04). Interview by A. L. Kelly. American Veterans: World War Two Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Cecconi, Joseph A., interview by Arthur L. Kelly. April 04, 1986, American Veterans: World War Two Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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